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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2019

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

Norway’s commitment to spend 1% of gross national income on official development assistance is supported across the political spectrum. It increasingly uses multilateral channels to promote global public goods and address global challenges. This review looks at the changes to systems, structures and capabilities that would help Norway deliver on its shifting approach to development co-operation. These include strategic oversight to align programming with Norway's overall vision and policies for sustainable development; strengthened approaches to results, knowledge and risk management; and taking a bolder approach to cross-cutting issues such as human rights, gender, climate and environment, and anti-corruption.

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Norway’s global efforts for sustainable development

This chapter examines Norway’s approach to global sustainable development, including its response to global challenges, action to ensure coherence between domestic policies and global sustainable development objectives, and efforts to raise awareness of global development issues at home. Norway is a strong advocate for global issues such as education, climate and environment, working actively through a range of channels to strengthen global goods, promote and protect human rights, and uphold peace and security. Norway could deepen its efforts to address global challenges, such as illicit financial flows. The new Policy Coherence Forum provides an opportunity to identify and address inconsistencies between Norway’s domestic policies and its stated global sustainable development objectives, in particular with regard to oil and gas exports, agricultural subsidies and production of weapons. In the context of ongoing organisational reforms, Norway will need to ensure that its strong approach to communications and global awareness-raising is maintained.

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